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STELLER'S JAY by Sandy Stewart

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The spring and autumn seasons bring the cheeky Steller’s Jays to my yard. It doesn’t take long before they become accustomed to my presence, allowing me to capture some shots of them. I had four of them visiting this fall and captured this one in my Lilac tree with glowing autumn shaded maples and greens from the Lilac behind.


Length; 30-34 cm (11.8-13.4 in)
wingspan; 44cm (17.3 in)
weight; 100-140g ( 3.5-4.9 oz)

Steller’s Jays are British Columbia’s provincial bird. They originally got their name when the species was first collect by a German naturalist by the name of Georg Steller, while he was working as a doctor on one of Vitus Bering’s expeditions to Alaska. The Steller’s Jay is of the Crow family and is common on Vancouver Island and in the southern part of the province, from sea level to about 2,100 meters in interior, preferring coniferous and mixed deciduous-coniferous woodlands. Like Crows, Steller’s Jays are opportunistic omnivores. They are also creative in a variety of sounds as they mimic other birds, for example the call of a Red-tailed Hawk when an interloper invades its territory!


Taken south east Vancouver Island, B.C., Canada, in own back yard on Oct 25/10 at 1:29pm.
Camera; Canon 40D
Lens; Canon EF 100-400 IS USM L lens.
Triopod; Manfrotto, including 498RC2 ball head.
Taken at; 1/500’s at f/5.6, -1/3 ev, 285 mm, man white bal 6500 kelvin, iso 800.
Subject distance; 5 meters (16.4 ft).
Histogram adjustment, slight sharpening in lab mode, lightness channel, unsharp mask. No cropping.


  • canonman99
    canonman99over 4 years ago

    jumps right off the page…beautiful piece

  • Awe,……thank you so much for such kind words canonman99! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Jessica Jenney
    Jessica Jenneyover 4 years ago

    What a gorgeous capture, Sandy!

  • I have to thank the Jay for landing on a nice branch and posing for me! lol Thank you ever so kindly for your kind words dear Jessica! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Gorgeous capture Sandy!! I love the composition!!

  • Awe,…..thank you so kindly dear Blair! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • TeresaB
    TeresaBover 4 years ago

    My favorite bird!! Gorgeous capture Sandy!

  • Awe,…that is so cool that they are your favorite bird, as they certainly are not only pretty, but very cheeky too! lol Many kind thanks for your kind compliment Theresa! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Eva & Klaus WW
    Eva & Klaus WWover 4 years ago

    A really beautiful bird and a really beautiful capture Sandy! I just love the yellow background to the black and blue jay.

  • When I originally shot this I liked having the Jay’s back to me to show off its tail and detailing, but I did not realize how much I really appreciated it until I downloaded it, when I than noticed the contrasting colors! lol Thank you so much for your kind and in depth compliment Eva & Klaus! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Steve Hunter
    Steve Hunterover 4 years ago


  • Awe,….thank you so much Steve! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Loree McComb
    Loree McCombover 4 years ago

    What a lovely capture of this Steller – nicely done

  • Thank you so kindly Loree! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Tracy Faught
    Tracy Faughtover 4 years ago

    Very beautiful Sandy!! WOW! :O]

  • Awe,…..thank you so much Tracy! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

  • RoseMarie747
    RoseMarie747over 4 years ago


  • Thank you so much Rose Marie! If you are having a tough time you could always come visit my yard, as they are quite accommodating here! lol :)

    – Sandy Stewart

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsover 4 years ago

    Fabulous capture… well done.:)))))

  • Thank you so much Cookie1951! : )

    – Sandy Stewart

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